Category: Psychology

Association of Psychology Students on Eating Disorders

Perceived body image affects all members of a society. The desired look present in a culture determines how others will view themselves. In Western cultures, women who are considered beautiful are tall, skinny, have facial symmetry and light skin. Not every member of our society looks like this ideal and it creates problems across the sexes socioeconomic backgrounds.
Darryl Roberts examines our “obsession with beauty” in his documentary “America the Beautiful,” which was screened on Feb. 20 on campus.

Who really benefits from people’s insecurities? That’s what Darryl Roberts is trying to find out. On February 25 there was a showing of his newest installation of the series, “America the Beautiful 3,” as a part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This film focuses on “the sexualization of our youth,” and is having its first showing ever here. On February 27, there was free and confidential eating disorder screenings in the MUB Peninsula room conducted by MTU Counseling Services, supported by the Association of Psychology Students.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Sarah Harttung.

CLS Grads Receive Travel Grants

Graduate Student Government Travel Grant Award Winners for Spring 2014

Travel grants for spring 2014 have been awarded. Among the Presenting Travel Grants ($ 250) recipients are cognitive and learning sciences graduate students Erich Petushek and Wei Zhang.

The full list of graduate recipients can be accessed online.

Travel grants are awards that help subsidize cost of attending and presenting at conferences. These awards are sponsored by the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Graduate School. For more information on travel grants, please visit the webpage.

Should you have any questions, contact the GSG treasurer Jennifer Winikus (jawiniku@mtu.edu).

From Tech Today.

Dean’s List Fall 2013

Fall 2013 4.00
Gaboury Jocelyn D* SO SPSY
Lehman William E* SR SPSY
Mauer Tessa K* SR SPSY
Shull Catherine E* JR SPSY

Fall 2013 3.99-3.50
Cherubini-Sutinen Alysa R SR SPSY
Deane Katrina E SR SPSY
Dumpprope Richard W JR SPSY
Dunham Charles L SR SPSY
Evans Zachary R SO SPSY
Grundmanis Larissa A SO SPSY
Harter Kayla R JR SPSY
Huff Rachael M SR SPSY
Jordon MacKenzie K JR SPSY
Kemppainen Marshall T JR SPSY
LaFave Chase C SR SPSY
Mayer Evan M SO SPSY
Santerre Cassaundra D JR SPSY
Schreifels David J JR SPSY
Shawbitz Kara N SO SPSY
Stoffel Rebecca R FR SPSY
Wetelainen Amanda L SR SPSY

Visiting Scholar Presenting as Part of the VWMLS Series Monday

Priti Shah, professor of cognitive and educational psychology at the University of Michigan, will be visiting the cognitive and learning sciences department. She will give a presentation today, March 3, 2014, at 2 p.m., in Meese 109, entitled “Working memory and visual display comprehension.” The presentation is open to all.

This visit is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS), which is funded by the President’s Office and a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

From Tech Today.

Patrick Belling is an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader

Patrick Belling 2014 Leader
Patrick Belling accepts the Exceptional Graduate Student Leader Award from Jay Meldrum.

Patrick Belling, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, received an Exceptional Graduate Student Leader merit award by the Graduate Student Government (GSG). The GSG Merit Award Winners were recognized at the 2014 Graduate Research Colloquium with a plaque presentation.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

CLS at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
Human Impact (A2)
Investigating Lexical Access of Crossword Solvers – Kejkaew Thanasuan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Optimizing Risk Communication with Graphs – Margo M. Woller-Carter, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
The Effect of Skill and Viewpoint on Recognition of Dynamic Scenes in Soccer – Patrick Belling, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
“Listen2dRoom”: Helping Visually Impaired People Navigate Unfamiliar Spaces – Seyedeh Husseini, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

More Abstracts, Presenting Authors

Hierarchical Spatial Representations in Search and Pathfinding – Brandon S. Perelman, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Mapping Between Dancers’ Movements and Sonification Parameters in the Immersive Interactive Sonification Platform – Steven Landry, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Multifaceted Stakeholder Communications during Software Development Process for Citizen Science Applications – Wei Zhang, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Auditory Emoticons: Iterative Design and Acoustic Characteristics of Emotional Auditory Icons and Earcons – Jason Sterkenburg, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Assessing Cultural Groups via the Measure of Response Time Patterns – Yin-Yin Tan, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

View the Abstract Book | View the Photo Gallery | View the Results

Kejkaew Thanasuan
Kejkaew Thanasuan
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Margo M. Woller-Carter
Patrick Belling
Patrick Belling

Saima Ghazal is an Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipient

Saima GhazalSaima Ghazal, who is a PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Saima was nominated by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences based on her GPA, originality in research, professionalism, work ethic, and other selection criteria. Saima’s advisors are Edward T. Cokely and Rocio Garcia Retamero.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.

View the PHOTO GALLERY and ABSTRACT BOOK for the event.

Saima Ghazal 2014 Scholar
Saima Ghazal accepts the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Jacqueline Huntoon.

Tony Orrico: Penwald Drawings/CARBON

Tony Orrico
Tony Orrico, /Vessel for Governing and Conception/ (2012). Photo by Juan Cano. Courtesy of the artist and MARSO.

Finlandia University Gallery Exhibit
February 27 to March 19

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ARTIST TALK
1:00-2:30 p.m
Finlandia’s Jutila Center
3rd Floor Chapel

OPENING RECEPTION
7:00-8:30 p.m
Finlandia University Gallery
Finnish American Heritage Center

Tony Orrico will present work from his Penwald Drawings and CARBON Series.

Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement.  He uses a physical practice, symmetry practice (circa 2005), as point of entry into this work.  In his termed “state of readiness”, he is interested in the application of a present body to a surface, object, or course.  His gestures derive from the limitation of (or spontaneous navigation within) the sphere of his outstretched arms.  Line density becomes record of his mental and physical sustain as he commits his focus to a greater concept of balance throughout extended durations of drawing. Centralizing on themes of cyclic motion and the generation and regeneration of material, the work draws on the tension between what is fleeting and what is captured.  The master of each drawing is a conceptual score of which he only produces eight times on paper in his lifetime.

In the CARBON series, body, graphite, plane, time and space combine to become powerful reflections on life cycles, energetic flows and complementary opposites. His repetitious movements, often leading to exhaustion, become deep metaphors about life and death simultaneously.

Tony Orrico has performed/exhibited his work in the US, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. His visual work is in collection at The National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City) as well as prominent private collections. He has recently been presented at SCAD: deFINE ART, Cranbrook Art Museum, New Museum, and Poptech 2011: The World Rebalancing.  In June he will perform Penwald: 2: 8 circles: 8 gestures at Center Pompidou-Metz.

As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts, Orrico has graced such stages as the Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, New York State Theater, and Théâtre du Palais-Royal. He was also one of a select group of artists to re-perform the work of Marina Abramovic during her retrospective at MoMA.

Orrico will be collaborating on research and an exhibition with Finlandia University Gallery and the International School of Art & Design, along with Michigan Technological University’s Visual and Performing Arts and Computer Science Departments.  Students and faculty from both campuses will be involved as Orrico works in The Mind Music Machine (tri-M) Lab, an interdisciplinary research group based in Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Michigan Tech.

From Finlandia Future Gallery Exhibits.
Orrico Poster

Brandon Perelman is an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Recipient

Brandon S. Perelman, who is an PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, is a Spring 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Brandon was nominated by the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and recognized for his accomplishments by the Graduate School at Michigan Tech. Brandon’s advisor is Shane T. Mueller.

A certificate of recognition for this award will be presented at the Graduate Research Colloquium Banquet that is held in the spring.